Inter Milan secured Derby Della Madonnina bragging rights, as they staged an almighty comeback to defeat AC Milan 4-2 in a breathless contest at the San Siro. Zlatan Ibrahimović had a hand in both goals for the visitors but four goals in the second half including Romelu Lukaku’s late header ensured that Inter returned to the top of the Serie A table.
AC Milan started the contest on the front foot, Turkish playmaker Hakan Çalhanoğlu thumped the upright from distance with the contest just nine minutes old.
Eventually, Inter crafted their first chance of note as veteran defender Diego Godin pushed a header just past the post. Inter grew in confidence and Romelu Lukaku’s surging run and cross to Matías Vecino should have resulted in a goal.
With five minutes left in the half, the visitors struck. Zlatan Ibrahimović nodded the ball into the path of Ante Rebic who turned the ball past Daniele Padelli from close range. It was to get better for Stefano Pioli’s side who took a two-goal advantage into the break. A whipped corner from Samu Castillejo found Ibrahimović at the back post, a trademark header and arrogant celebration quickly followed.
Inter boss Antonio Conte needed a reaction and duly got one. With fifty-one minutes on the clock, Marcelo Brozovic scored a fine goal. With the ball bobbling out of the AC Milan area the Croatian showed sublime skill to smash a volley into the bottom corner.
Within two minutes, Inter found themselves level. Alexis Sanchez timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and leave Donnarumma in no man’s land. A quick pass to Vecino, who smashed in the goal from close range.
The second half was breathless as Inter hunted down the winner, Stefan de Vrij completed the comeback for Inter. Alexis Sanchez provided the corner and the Dutch defender did the rest, firing his header out of the reach of Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The final third of the contest saw AC Milan dominating proceedings looking for a leveller. Although it was Inter substitute Christen Eriksen who smashed the crossbar with a long-range howitzer. Not to be outdone, Ibrahimović saw a header hit the upright in the closing staged
However, the night belonged to Antonio Conte’s men as Romelu Lukaku headed home in second-half stoppage time to make it 4-2 to secure all three points. The win means that Inter regains top-spot at the expense of Juventus who lost 2-1 to Verona on Saturday.
Goal! Lukaku heads Inter into a 4-2 lead at the death! What a comeback!
Goal! The comeback is complete! Stefan de Vrij plants a header home to make it 3-2!
Goal! Inter are level! Alexis Sanchez beats the offside trap and picks out Matías Vecino who makes it 2-2! The San Siro is rocking!
Goal! Inter pull one back! Marcelo Brozović smashes a volley into the bottom corner!
Goal! It just had to be! Zlatan heads AC Milan into a 2-0 lead!
Goal! Zlatan header, Ante Rebic turns in from close range. AC Milan take the lead!
Close! Matías Vecino can’t quite get anything on the shot, after a good cross from Lukaku!
Chance! Hakan Çalhanoğlu let’s rip from distance! His shot hits the woodwork!
Peep we are underway at the San Siro!
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Now for AC Milan! Zlatan starts! Samu Castillejo and Ante Rebić join him in a front three! Winter signing Simon Kjær starts in the heart of defense, whilst Gianluigi Donnarumma is in goal!
Team news! First up Inter Milan! Romelu Lukaku lines up alongside Alexis Sanchez in attack, Christian Eriksen has to settle for a place on the bench! Ashley Young keeps his place in the side whilst keeper Daniele Padelli comes in for Samir Handanović.
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